What do you think of the Supreme Court's directive to the CBI to report developments in the hawala case directly to it, thus keeping it out of the Prime Minister's purview?
I think it is a very positive development. Keeping in mind the political nature of the investigations, it is only fair that the agency enjoys an autonomous status in the case. Particularly so, when Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao has been named as one of the recipients of the hawala money.
Was there anything to suggest that there has been political interference in the proceedings of the CBI?
I think there was. Otherwise, the court would not have taken the view it did. Earlier too, there were cases of open political meddling in the investigations. The hawala case has just proved a point. In my opinion, keeping it out of the purview of the PMO would facilitate investigations.
What about charges that the CBI chief K. Vijaya Rama Rao is close to the Prime Minister? He has already got two extensions.